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University of California, Irvine

TOEFL Test-Taking Strategies

University of California, Irvine via Coursera

Overview

This course prepares non-native speakers of English to take the TOEFL iBT exam by providing helpful tips and proven techniques for successfully completing the reading, listening, speaking, and writing sections of the iBT. In this course, you will learn a variety of strategies such as note-taking, using templates, and analyzing speech patterns, and you will review many sample questions and responses.

This course also teaches how to best practice and prepare for test day as well as how to manage your time and perform optimally during the exam. With plenty of practice, you will know exactly what to expect when you take the actual test, reducing anxiety and boosting your confidence. Join this course and give yourself the best chance to reach your target scores on the TOEFL iBT.

Syllabus

  • TOEFL iBT Reading Strategies & Tips
    • In this first week, you will become familiar with some effective reading strategies that can help you answer the questions that you will encounter on a real iBT reading section. You will be able to apply the right strategies for the right question types and be more prepared for the test by improving your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.
  • iBT Listening Strategies & Tips
    • In this second week, you will become familiar with some effective listening strategies that can help you answer the questions that you will encounter on a real iBT reading section. You will be able to apply the right strategies for the right question types and be more prepared for the test by improving your listening comprehension and note-taking techniques.
  • iBT Speaking Tips & Strategies
    • In this third week, you will become familiar with strategies that will help you answer the tasks that you will encounter on a real iBT speaking section. You will learn how to approach each task effectively and utilize your preparation time as well as speaking time efficiently.
  • iBT Writing Tips & Strategies
    • In this fourth week, you will become familiar with strategies that will help you answer the tasks that you will encounter on a real iBT writing section. You will learn how to approach each task effectively and utilize your time efficiently.

Taught by

Shiva Sutherland and Helen Nam

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